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For questions about Hesiod, ancient Greek poet around the 750-650 BC, author of the Theogony and Works and Days.

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What is the great gulf mentioned by Hesiod?

In Hesiod's Theogony he mentions a place where the sources and ends of the Earth, Tartarus, Sea and Heaven are located: And there, all in their order, are the sources and ends of gloomy earth and ...
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Why does Hesiod emphasize the fact that Hecate is the only child of her parents?

In Hesiod's Theogony, he dedicates a part to talking about Hecate's birth and the powers she possesses: And she conceived and bare Hecate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honoured above all. He gave her ...
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Why does Zielinski's Law exist? Were the poets unable to say "meanwhile"?

According to Zielinski's Law the ancient poets told simultaneous events chronologically without moving back and forth in time. Did Homer and Hesiod not have a way to say 'meanwhile'?
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In what version of Greek Mythology are humankind described the most positively?

I'm comparing the interpretations of Apollodorus, Ovid, and Hesiod to see what version of humankind is "liked" the most by the gods, which one is it?
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What does Hesiod mean by "babies will be born with gray hair" in the Iron Age?

I found this on the Ages of Man Wikipedia article, in the section about Hesiod's Five Ages: At the height of this age, humans no longer feel shame or indignation at wrongdoing; babies will be born ...
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Why does archaic mythic literature undercut its own pretensions to explain origins?

The myth of Prometheus is commonly understood to account for how humanity first came to possess fire. Likewise the mythic content of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter is commonly understood to account for ...
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Is the apocalypse prophesied by Hesiod mentioned elsewhere?

In Works and Days Hesiod outlines the successive Ages of Man. His description of the current times, the Iron Age, includes a doom and gloom prediction of the destruction of mankind at the hands of ...
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Which age do we live in, according to Hesiod?

There are five ages of man according to Hesiod: Golden Age, Silver, Bronze, Iron, and Age of Heroes. Which one are we currently in as of today?
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